Isaiah 51

Salvation for Zion

Listen to Me, you who pursue righteousness, you who seek the LORD: Look to the rock from which you were cut, and to the quarry from which you were hewn. Look to Abraham your father, and to Sarah who bore you. When I called him, he was but one; then I blessed him and multiplied him. For the LORD will comfort Zion and look with compassion on all her ruins; He will make her wilderness like Eden and her desert like the garden of the LORD. Joy and gladness will be found in her, thanksgiving and melodious song. Pay attention to Me, My people, and listen to Me, My nation; for a law will go out from Me, and My justice [will become] a light to the nations; I will bring it about quickly. My righteousness draws near, My salvation is on the way, and My arms will bring justice to the nations. The islands will look for Me and wait in hope for My arm. Lift up your eyes to the heavens, and look at the earth below; for the heavens will vanish like smoke, the earth will wear out like a garment, and its people will die like [gnats] . But My salvation will last forever, and My righteousness will never fail. Listen to Me, you who know what is right, you people with My law in your hearts: Do not fear the scorn of men; do not be broken by their insults. For the moth will devour them like a garment, and the worm will eat them like wool. But My righteousness will last forever, My salvation through all generations. Awaken, awaken, put on strength, O arm of the LORD. Wake up as in days past, as in generations of long ago. Was it not You who cut Rahab to pieces, who pierced through the dragon? 10  Was it not You who dried up the sea, the waters of the great deep, who made a road in the depths of the sea for the redeemed to cross over? 11  So the redeemed of the LORD will return and enter Zion with singing, crowned with unending joy. Joy and gladness will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee. 12  I, even I, am He who comforts you. Who are you that you fear mortal man, or a son of man who withers like grass? 13  But you have forgotten the LORD, your Maker, who stretched out the heavens and laid the foundations of the earth. You live in terror all day long because of the fury of the oppressor, who is bent on destruction. But where is the fury of the oppressor? 14  The captive will soon be freed; he will not die in the dungeon, and his bread will not be lacking. 15  For I am the LORD your God who stirs up the sea so that its waves roar— the LORD of Hosts [is] His name. 16  I have put My words in your mouth, and covered you in the shadow of My hand, to establish
Or to plant
the heavens, to found the earth, and to say to Zion, “You are My people.”

The Cup of Wrath

17  Awaken, awaken! Rise up, O Jerusalem, you who have drunk from the hand of the LORD the cup of His fury; you who have drained the goblet to the dregs, the cup that makes men stagger. 18  Among all the sons she bore, there is no one to guide her; among all the sons she brought up, there is no one to take her hand. 19  These pairs have befallen you: devastation and destruction, famine and sword. Who will grieve for you? Who can comfort you?
DSS, LXX, Syriac, Vulgate; MT how can I comfort you
20  Your sons have fainted; they lie at the head of every street, like an antelope in a net. They are full of the wrath of the LORD, the rebuke of your God. 21  Therefore now hear this, you afflicted one, drunken, but not with wine. 22  Thus says your Lord, the LORD, even your God, who defends His people: “See, I have removed the cup of staggering from your hand; from that goblet, the cup of My fury, you will never drink again. 23  I will place it in the hands of your tormentors, who told you: ‘Lie down, so we can walk over you.’ And you made your back like the ground, and like a street to be traversed.
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